Sunday, December 8, 2013

Two finger-bowls of champagne...



We found these gorgeous vintage coupe champagne glasses at an estate sale recently. While doing a little bit of research to get them ready for listing, I realized that what I actually knew about champagne would've fit quite easily into just one of these glasses. Since the party season is upon us, I thought I'd share a few fun facts about this lovely beverage - it might come in handy at your next cocktail party - as well as a few links to some wonderful vintage barware (besides my pretty coupes, natch) from some of my favorite etsy shops.





Real champagne comes from one region of the world:  Champagne, France. Everything else is just sparkling wine.



There are four kinds of champagne glasses, with the tulip and the flute being the most common.




The coupe glass was, sadly, not designed from a cast of Marie Antoinette's left breast. It was invented in England in 1663, back when champagne was sweeter. Now that champagne is much more dry, the coupe glasses are not preferred by champagne conoisseurs, as rumor has it that the saucer shape of the coupe lets the bubbles dissipate too quickly and the champagne goes flat - but honestly, who has champagne in their glass long enough for that to happen?








Coupes are still used for champagne at weddings, where burps from bubbles are hoped to be kept to a minimum, but they've also become very popular now for cocktails, part of the Mad Men-inspired trend of wonderful vintage barware.


Speaking of wonderful vintage barware... yeah, flawlessly smooth segue, I'm cool like that.





Amazing 1960s metal caddy with vintage liqueur bottle collection from Nyssa, Ink





Fabulous vintage French Napoleon brandy glasses and storage rack from Vintage Home Shop




Awesome vintage dachshund dog decanter and shot glasses from Sugar Loaf Mtn Antiques





Stunning vintage matching set of 2 lead crystal decanters from English Shop






Groovy pair of vintage Old Mr. Boston barware pourers from etsybetsycash









Beautiful set of 7 Culver Pisa Gold oval crackle cocktail glasses from 1006 Osage








Oh, too much fun: a vintage folk art beer bottle cap Calypso dude with two serving bowls from Kickass Style




Now that you're thirsty, here's a collection of 18 different champagne cocktails from Martha Stewart Living... you're sure to find one that tickles your fancy there.




              
                         Cheers!







Come visit us on etsy at Gypsum Moon Vintage for unique and collectible vintage items for your home, kitchen, and office, at Gypsum Moon Style for vintage and upcycled clothing, jewelry, and accessories for women and men, and at Gypsum Moon Rocks for crystals and stones, lapidary and other craft supplies, and handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewelry.

14 comments:

  1. Oh wow, a truly fun history lesson . . . along with a taste test! **burp!**

    Thanks so much for letting my Calypso Guy strut his stuff in your fun article. And now I've got The Banana Boat Song stuck in my head. Again . . . Daylight come and me wanna go home!

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    1. Now I might have to go watch Beetlejuice instead of listing :D

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  2. Thank you Gypsum Moon ... of to get a drink myself now after seeing all of this lush stuff :) xxx Eve

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    1. Ooooh, cheers, darling! Toasting you with coffee as it's only noonish here :)

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    2. thank you for including me....you're the best !

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    3. The toughest part was limiting myself to one item from your shop - something I always have trouble with :)

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    1. Thank you! It was fun finding the great finds :)

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  4. Wonderful finds, one and all! I drink to you all!

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  5. Love it! Great finds and I learned something new. "Coupe" I did not know. Hadn't ever thought about keeping the wedding burps to minimum.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer - "coupe" was new to me too!

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  6. Love it! Thanks for the history lesson and the cool finds.

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    1. Thanks, Tina - it did make me strangely thirsty ;)

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